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Members of the Culture Committee approved the agreement with the Council on the new European Solidarity Corps, that offers volunteering opportunities young people around the EU.

The European Solidarity Corps will be the main entry-point of solidarity activities in the EU and offer opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects that can benefit communities while developing their skills and competences.

 

An overall budget of 375.6 million euro is dedicated for the 2018-2020 period to support a wide range of activities, such as education, health, environment protection, disaster prevention, provision of food and non-food items as well as reception and integration of migrants and asylum seekers. The European Commission proposed an additional budget of €1.26 billion for the next budgetary period 2021 -2027 for the activities covered by this new programme.

 

The text was backed in the Culture Committee by 23 votes to 4 and 1 abstention.  The deal still needs to be formally approved by the full House, probably in September, and by the Council of EU ministers before the regulation can enter into force.

 

Full press release on the agreement on Solidarity Corps